April 26, 2014 | 2:15 p.m.
Marvel is sending some of its most famous characters into the future this summer. The comics giant unveiled plans Saturday at Chicago’s C2E2 convention for a limited run of five 100th Anniversary Special issues of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Fantastic Four,” “The Avengers,” “The X-Men” and “Spider-Man.” The one-shot issues will arrive weekly in July, hypothesizing what shape the characters’ adventures will take in the year 2061. “We thought that it would be a really fun idea to … almost treat these like time capsules from the future,” said Marvel editor Nick Lowe in an interview with Hero Complex. “We were talking about how we’d just been through a bunch of 50th anniversaries — we had the 50th anniversary of the Fantastic Four a few years ago, we had the 50th anniversary of the Avengers and the X-Men last […]
April 01, 2014 | 3:28 p.m.
While Gerry Conway has spent his storied comic career standing out, he’s now looking to fit in. At least for a night. Conway took to Twitter today to kick-start a campaign to be invited to the premiere of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” As one of the co-creators of the Punisher and a longtime scribe of “Justice League of America,” Conway is still best known among Spidey fans for his memorable work in the summer of 1973 — “The Amazing Spider-Man” Nos. 121-122 featured the death of one major character who also happens to have a prominent role in Sony’s May 2 release. (Although there’s no word on whether the events in the film will exactly mirror those in the comics, anyone who would prefer not to know who dies in Conway’s story line might want to stop reading now and […]
March 19, 2014 | 11:48 a.m.
Oscorp Industries heir Harry Osborn teams up with the powerful villain Electro in a new trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The trailer also features plenty of web-slinging acrobatics and some gravity-defying fight scenes between teenaged hero Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and a plethora of baddies, including Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti). The film, due in North American theaters May 2, stars Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”) as Peter Parker’s pal Harry Osborn, son of Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper), who in the comic books becomes the Green Goblin. And judging from the new trailer (watch it below), the sinister workings of Oscorp Industries will play an integral part in the new film. The sequel, helmed by returning director Marc Webb, follows the critical and box-office success of his 2012 Marvel adaptation “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which rebooted the franchise that Sam […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 6:35 p.m.
Filmmaker Marc Webb appears set to direct “The Amazing Spider-Man 3.” Word came Tuesday that the director responsible for both 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and this May’s coming follow-up, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” is in final negotiations with Sony to complete the movie trilogy starring Andrew Garfield as the heroic Peter Parker. Webb came to the franchise as a somewhat unlikely choice — the respected indie director was previously best known for the Los Angeles-set “(500) Days of Summer,” starring Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. But his original Marvel adaptation, which rebooted the franchise that Sam Raimi had so successfully helmed roughly a decade earlier, turned out to be a blockbuster hit that took in upward of $262 million at the domestic box office, and also earned critical praise, thanks in part to the winning chemistry between English actor Garfield […]
Feb. 24, 2014 | 11:54 a.m.
Jamie Foxx’s Electro takes center stage in a new international trailer for director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Electro greeted comic book readers in 1964 as an electrician named Max Dillon who gains the ability to generate and control electricity after he’s struck by lightning while repairing a power line. But in the upcoming film, Foxx’s Dillon is a meek Oscorp employee who becomes obsessed with Spider-Man after the hero saves his life — and he uses his high-voltage powers to wreak havoc on the streets of New York. “The Amazing Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield reprises his role as teenage hero Peter Parker, and the film’s cast also includes Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Paul Giamatti as the Rhino, Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”) as rich boy Harry Osborn, son of Chris Cooper’s Norman Osborn, who, fans will remember, […]
Feb. 14, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.
The realms of science fiction and comics may be home to some of the most fantastic space battles, epic team-ups and heartbreaking deaths in entertainment. But as any Whovian, Trekkie or Marvel fan can tell you, the world of geek is also a world of lovey-dovey romance. And what better time than Valentine’s Day to celebrate the softer side of the genres that are typically dominated by alien invasions, lightsaber fights and spell wars? From “Star Wars” to “Spider-Man,” from “The Lord of the Rings” to “Harry Potter,” Hero Complex pays tribute to some of the cutest couples in genre entertainment. GIFT GUIDE: Valentine’s Day ideas for the geek in your life Click through the gallery above for a look at some of the most memorable romances on the silver screen, the small screen and the pages of comics. Did we […]
Feb. 03, 2014 | 1:23 p.m.
A new trailer and new film stills for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ tease an action-packed superhero movie with a dash of humor and plenty of villains. Andrew Garfield reprises his role as the web-slinger in the sequel to 2012′s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and Emma Stone returns as Peter Parker’s love interest Gwen Stacy in the new film, due in theaters this May. A two-part Super Bowl spot directed fans to a promotional website, www.enemiesunite.com, featuring the full-length trailer. The trailer, which runs nearly four minutes, reveals the film’s take on the origin of villain Electro (Jamie Foxx). Spidey saves Oscorp employee Max Dillon’s life, and the geeky, soft-spoken guy becomes starstruck and obsessed. “It must be pretty cool, huh, to have the whole world see you like that,” he tells Stone’s Gwen Stacy in the trailer. “The amazing Spider-Man. I […]
Feb. 02, 2014 | 8:26 p.m.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” brought more explosive action to Super Bowl Sunday, debuting new scenes from the anticipated sequel in a big game spot. The film, which like its predecessor, 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” is directed by Marc Webb (“ Days of Summer”), has Andrew Garfield’s Spidey battling multiple villains, including Foxx’s Electro and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino. In the first part of the clip, which was released Thursday, the electrifying antagonist is glimpsed unleashing some of his shocking powers, while Spidey flies through the sky and leaps onto the streets of New York. Here, Spidey is sky-born once again, leaping through blasts of fire and destruction, though as Peter, Garfield’s also seen exchanging a passionate kiss with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy. In the new film, Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan play Norman Osborn and his son, Harry, respectively, while Sally […]
Jan. 30, 2014 | 9:33 p.m.
“You wanted to be the hero, now you gotta pay the price.” It’s an ominous message Jamie Foxx’s shocking villain Electro has for Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker in a new teaser for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Released Thursday, the clip is designed to tout the movie’s upcoming Super Bowl spot, which is set to air Sunday during the big game. The film, which like its predecessor, 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” is directed by Marc Webb (“ Days of Summer”), has Spidey battling multiple villains, including Foxx’s Electro and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino. In the brief clip, the electrifying antagonist is glimpsed unleashing some of his shocking powers, while Spidey flies through the sky and leaps onto the streets of New York. Emma Stone returns in the sequel as Peter Parker’s gal pal Gwen Stacy, with Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan playing […]
Jan. 11, 2014 | 10:33 p.m.
Peter Parker is swinging back from death in April with a new “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 1 by writer Dan Slott and artist Humberto Ramos. “We’ve gone over 30 issues without Peter Parker, so when we let him out of that box and he gets to put on that costume again and he gets to swing through the sky, it’s going to be the greatest feeling,” Slott told the New York Daily News in announcing the late wallcrawler’s comeback. “But there’s a twist. There’s always a twist.” Parker was seen dying in “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 700, which was also by Slott and Ramos and released in late December 2012. At the time, Slott told Hero Complex about writing the hero’s demise: “It was tough to do this. I’ve been a Spider-Man fan since age 8. Short of my father, this guy’s […]